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Posted: 15 July 2018 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's an old saying: it's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop. Colossus catching Kitty, even if he reverted to human form to do so, would not be much of an improvement on hitting the ground.
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There's an old saying: it's not the fall that kills
you, it's the sudden stop. Colossus catching Kitty,
even if he reverted to human form to do so, would not
be much of an improvement on hitting the ground.

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Her needing rescue from the fall didn't cross my mind
at first. So I pictured Colossus doing one of those
crater making jumps just to be on the ground with her.
But I see now that they don't know that, and
Nightcrawler was the only one who could be fast enough
to do anything about it.

Liked Colossus reaction on the jet though!
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JB, according to the Marvel database, the Blackbird first appeared in 104. I don’t have the issue handy to verify, tho. 
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Posted: 15 July 2018 at 11:58am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Another great looking page, JB. Really enjoying the ride.
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Posted: 15 July 2018 at 12:16pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

...104...

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Nope, that's the Stratojet, described as "last of a set of two."

I'm beginning to think the Blackbird was just the Stratojet colored wrong, and somehow that became canon.

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Posted: 15 July 2018 at 12:38pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Looking at that issue now, I think you’re right, JB. 
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"I'm beginning to think the Blackbird was just the Stratojet colored wrong, and somehow that became canon."

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I think you're right.
The colorist may have read the copy and decided that was the color.


Also, love that latest page of HIDDEN DAYS!

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It’s not an easy life for the Thing, or for mutants who can’t pass for human, like Nightcrawler.

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Which reminds me...

Chris and Dave gave Kurt a borrowed SHIELD Image Generator, so he could walk around looking like Errol Flynn, among others.

Very quickly it turned into yet another "power" for Nightcrawler, and Shooter, wisely, called an indefinite moratorium on its use.

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JB posted that he just realised that the X-Men don’t know Wolverine is Logan.

I’ve just realised that if this is before the published 139, THIS would be the introduction of Wolverine’s brown costume.
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Yeah, I fudged a bit to get Wolverine into "my" costume. Since there was no actual "origin moment" for the change, I just figured it happened off camera.

I've been amusing myself imagining doing this as an ongoing series without repeating old stories, but still acknowledging that they happened. Like doing a scene of Wolverine and Nightcrawler coming back from Canada, with Kurt eager to tell everyone he's found out Logan's name.

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That would be super cool!!
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Yeah, I fudged a bit to get Wolverine into "my" costume. Since there was no actual "origin moment" for the change, I just figured it happened off camera.

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Well, we did get this small exchange:


I always loved Logan's dialogue around this time. He was always straight to the point!

-C!
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Yeah, I fudged a bit to get Wolverine into "my" costume. Since there was no actual "origin moment" for the change, I just figured it happened off camera.

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Well, we did get this small exchange...

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This by you is an "origin"?

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I just noticed Nightcrawler answered Wolverine with “why not” just like Wolverine answered him earlier. I’ve read that comic 7358 times and never noticed that before. 
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I always took that to mean this was the first time Nightcrawler or anyone else had seen Wolverine's new uniform.  But it could also just as easily be the first time he had a chance to ask about it.
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Well, we did get this small exchange...

•••

This by you is an "origin"?

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Nope, JB - but I appreciated the exchange at the time, that's all. :)

-C!

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"I'm beginning to think the Blackbird was just the Stratojet colored wrong, and somehow that became canon."

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Could it possibly be that you were the first to draw the actual Blackbird without realizing it?
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If at this point the X-Men don't know Wolverine's name is Logan, then Cyclops is having trouble packing his bags; he left the team the same issue that Kitty was being dropped off at the mansion in #138.

Not that I'm complaining, I'm happy to see this new adventure!
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 6:28am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

And why did Cyclops leave?

I think you may be missing the most important point of my tale, Craig.

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Nice hint, JB.

I am enjoying seeing these characters when the most complicated aspect to Wolverine is we don't know his given name. My how he has changed in the last 40 years.
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 6:50am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Playing Monday morning catch up, and this thread/comic
just gets better and better.

Thank you very much for sharing, JB!
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 7:27am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

This is the best "comic" I have "read" in years. Please, keep it coming! 
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Thank you very much for the separate thread with just the artwork, JB. 
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 9:15am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Yer welcome.

I'll continue to post new pages here, for comment, as long as my head of steam holds up.

Then those pages will also go into the art-only thread.

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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 9:57am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

sigh

xavierfiles

Seriously, would it be too much trouble to identify the JBF as the source of this art, and not the completely unaffiliated "JohnByrneDraws"?

Guy sure takes his own sweet time telling his readers this is not an official project, too.

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